Since I wanted to let folks know of Caliban's foundation, I asked editor Larry Smith to tell me about some previous contributors. He sent me the partial list below, saying, "The original Caliban published from 1986-1996. In many ways, it was a successor to kayak, and many of the regulars from kayak became regulars in Caliban. Raymond Carver was one of our early big promoters. There are many more noteworthy contributors. (We were the first publishers of Sherman Alexie, for example.)" Smith not only was inspired by the pioneering kayak -- he also got a lot of direct help in launching his mag from its publisher, George Hitchcock, who was one of my poetry mentors at UC Santa Cruz.
The new issue is an exciting one, with Rosemarie Waldrop and Colette Inez among others, wonderful visual art, and the unique "Contributors' Advice."
Writers and readers, check it out and send your work. PDFs can be purchased for under a buck. Smith welcomes poetry, fiction, art, and even music and short videos from "those who consider themselves avant-garde or progressive (and even those who don't, but who are serious)."
Here are some of the writers Caliban previously published.
Will Alexander, William Burroughs, Robert Bly, Amiri Baraka, Charles Bernstein, Lisa Bernstein (Lisa B), Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Raymond Carver, Wanda Coleman, Clark Coolidge, Louise Erdrich, Russell Edson, Forrest Gander, Michael Harper, Jim Harrison, Lyn Hejinian, Colette Inez, Robert Kelly, Maxine Hong Kingston, Yusef Komunyakaa, Philip Levine, Michael McClure, Tom McGrath, W.S. Merwin, Ricardo Pau-Llosa, Antonio Porta, Jerome Rothenberg, Charles Simic, Gary Soto, William Stafford, Louis Simpson, Arthur Sze, Gerald Vizenor, James Tate, Diane Wakoski.